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Title: Wampee vs Pink Wampee Taste?
Post by: sildanani on July 06, 2017, 10:07:48 PM
Has anyone tried both Clausena lansium (wampee) and Clausena excavata (pink wampee)? I'd like to propagate one or both species, but was wondering of one is preferred over the other. From what I've read, it looks like a worthy yet underrated fruit. :)
If anyone has suggeestions/growing tips, please post them!
Title: Re: Wampee vs Pink Wampee Taste?
Post by: barath on July 07, 2017, 01:05:07 AM
Also, does anyone know if pink wampee leaves smell a bit like curry leaves?  They're related so I guess there's a chance.  I have a plant that I'd labeled as pink wampee, but I wasn't 100% sure because it smelled a bit like curry leaf.
Title: Re: Wampee vs Pink Wampee Taste?
Post by: fruitlovers on July 08, 2017, 04:52:33 AM
The pink wampee is best used like curry leaf. The fruits are tiny and not good tasting.
Title: Re: Wampee vs Pink Wampee Taste?
Post by: ScottR on July 08, 2017, 10:52:29 AM
Also, does anyone know if pink wampee leaves smell a bit like curry leaves?  They're related so I guess there's a chance.  I have a plant that I'd labeled as pink wampee, but I wasn't 100% sure because it smelled a bit like curry leaf.
Well Barath, your reply made me go smell my pink wampee and it does smell like milder curry leaf :o I could see how you could use like curry leaf interesting ;) 8)
Title: Re: Wampee vs Pink Wampee Taste?
Post by: greenman62 on July 08, 2017, 01:00:09 PM
i have a Wampee from a seller on Ebay
it was called "Chicken Tongue" or something like that.
i cant find a graft, so i am hoping its from cuttings or air-layer.

i also just got a pink one.
i have no idea if this is from seed or not,
but thee was no variety info on it.

My thought was that the variety would tste better than seed-grown
(if indeed the pink is from seed)
The Chicken tongue is in ground and growing nicely.
it appreciated some iron and epsom. the leaves greened up a bit.
i plan on putting the pink in ground next to it and maybe grafting another variety to it, or topworking
depending on taste and quality.

i like the idea that its citrus related.
all of my citrus has been mercilessly attacked by leaf miners
some, also by mealy bug and others by chinese psyllid.

the wampees have no damage whatsoever. no pest has ever attacked them that i know of.



(https://s2.postimg.cc/7pluimw2t/wampee.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/7pluimw2t/)
Title: Re: Wampee vs Pink Wampee Taste?
Post by: Chandramohan on July 08, 2017, 11:39:09 PM
Barath, Can you please post a photo of your plant?
Title: Re: Wampee vs Pink Wampee Taste?
Post by: barath on July 09, 2017, 01:43:15 AM
I don't have a picture of my tree, but looking at pictures online and from what you all describe, I'm pretty sure it is a real pink wampee.  It's too bad it's not great as a fruit, but that's very interesting that it can be used like curry leaf!
Title: Re: Wampee vs Pink Wampee Taste?
Post by: fruitlovers on July 09, 2017, 05:24:51 AM
I think it's a case of common name leading to confusion. Clausena excavata is called pink "wampee", but it is a different species than regular wampee, which is Clausena lansium. And these 2 species have very different tasting and sized fruits.
Title: Re: Wampee vs Pink Wampee Taste?
Post by: sildanani on July 10, 2017, 04:14:01 AM
Thanks all for all of the responses so far. They were helpful in increasing my understanding of these two species. I am interested in growing the regular wampee (Clausena lansium). I don't have a seed source though.:/ So far , I have only found a few sources for the pink type. I have curry tree already and don't really need another tree with curry scented leaves, and "meh" fruits. There is a listing for the regular type on eBay. But I am a bit wary of eBay plant sales, and would rather propagate it by seed my self. :)
Title: Re: Wampee vs Pink Wampee Taste?
Post by: fyliu on July 11, 2017, 04:06:59 PM
Do wampee grow true or pretty close to the same quality from seed?
Title: Re: Wampee vs Pink Wampee Taste?
Post by: fruitlovers on July 12, 2017, 04:18:30 AM
Here is what the pink wampee looks like. It is fruiting right now.

(http://fruitlovers.com/Gallery1/ClausenaExcavataFruitsScaled.jpg)